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SJW Pentagon Culture War Against Allies

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This is now part of US warmaking strategy: to fight the culture war with nations that do not share progressive social values regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

Hungary is a NATO ally. Late last year, Hungarian lawmakers changed the country’s constitution:

The country’s politicians approved the bill on Tuesday. The new law defines marriage as between a man and a woman and asserts that the “foundation of the family is marriage and the parent-child relationship. The mother is a woman, the father is a man.”

Hungary has codified the understanding of marriage that was universal within the West until pretty much the day before yesterday, but now, the United States government has declared Hungary an enemy of its defense strategy for that.

Think about that. Hungary’s definition of marriage is the orthodox Christian definition of marriage. And now, the new administration has set the Defense Department against nations that believe what orthodox Christians believe marriage is. If you don’t think that persecution of orthodox Christians and other dissenters — what I talk about in Live Not By Lies — is coming to the United States, you are living in a dream world.

I have written in this space in recent days about my concern for my 17-year-old son, who wants to join the military. Normally I would have been proud of that fact. But now? Do I want him to be part of an organization whose leadership has formally committed itself to fighting governments that enshrine into law the principles that our religion teaches? Do I want my Orthodox Christian son to be put in the position of fighting other Christians whose nations are faithful to what we believe to be true?

Do you?

Poland is a NATO ally. The Polish constitution defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Polish gay couples cannot legally adopt. Now the Polish parliament is considering a move to ban all LGBT adoptions — a move that is quite popular in that overwhelmingly Catholic country.

Is Poland now the enemy of America? Do the Poles have to worry that the US Department of Defense is setting its sights on them as enemy combatants in the culture war? Yes, they do.

The Czech Republic is by far the most secular and liberal of the former Soviet bloc nations, but attempts to pass gay marriage into law have stalled. The Czech Republic is also a NATO ally. Is it normal for members of a military alliance to have to worry about the Defense Department of an allied nation targeting their countries as culture war enemies?

Turkey is also a NATO ally. Do I even have to tell you how that Muslim country regards LGBT rights? But now the Turks have to regard American military personnel stationed in that country as culture-war enemy combatants, because of the order of the US Commander in Chief.

Greece is a NATO ally. Though generally liberal on sexual matters, it does not have same-sex marriage. Is the Pentagon now Greece’s culture war enemy?

It is one thing to put US government policy behind supporting gay rights at home and abroad. But to put US armed might behind that same policy, especially when not all US allies share that goal, is something else. We are telling Hungary, Poland, and other NATO member states, “Diversity is our strength — and if you hold diverse opinions about what marriage and homosexuality are, we are going to use US military might to strong-arm you into submission.”

Seriously, what does it mean that the US military is now formally committed to combatting homophobia, transphobia, etc., in other countries? What do NATO allies like Hungary, Poland, and Turkey have to worry about? What do other allies, like Arab states, have to take into consideration under these new Biden-era rules?

The aggressive culture-war politicization of the US military by the Left is something I did not see coming. Time for people on the Right to wake up. This is not the America you thought it was.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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